Vintage Shopping at Beyond the Ranch in Redmond, Oregon

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I am so happy to show you pictures from one of my favorite shops in Oregon, Beyond the Ranch! In my previous thrift post and #VEF post I showed some matchbooks I picked up at this store. I stopped here with my family while spending some time in Redmond over the summer. It has a mix of vintage and newer items with added-on rooms and an outdoor space. If you have time to visit, make sure you give yourself time to browse.

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There’s a lot of great western theme items, which I don’t see too much in California.

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You can see a mix of antique, vintage, and newer items. I *totally* meant to grab this rhythm tray but it was the first thing I saw when I walked in and I didn’t want to carry it around. Then I forgot to pick it up, bummer! I love the colors on it.

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I really liked the vignettes set up throughout the store– the displays looked good and similar items were grouped together.

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They even had some cute clothing.

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You walk around the store and there are a bunch of small rooms stuffed with treasures.

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The boot collection was pretty good.

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My mom and I loved seeing all the cowboy and skiing gear as it’s not too common in SoCal. Also, is that portrait by the skis Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain?

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So you walk out of the main part of the shop and there is a barn-like structure with MORE little rooms. They had SO. MUCH. GOOD. STUFF!

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One of the mini rooms in the “barn” was military themed.

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They also have signage in the back.

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More western treasures!

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Once you pass through the barn area there was a whole outdoor space with rusty gold.

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They have this gem out back. My mom asked the price out of curiosity and the owner said that this was probably the only thing that isn’t for sale!

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I highly, highly recommend checking out this shop if you’re in the Redmond area. If you’re into thrifting and antiquing, Redmond would be a good stop– they also had a Goodwill and an antique mall called Farmers Co-Op (which was very close to this shop).

Have you visited any good thrift/antique stores in Oregon? Let me know where to go in the comments!

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Vintage Signage Post: Merrill Motel & The Polar Bear

I’ve been a longtime fan of old signs. I think they’re so much more interesting than today’s common backlit box signs. They’re more expensive, but are a great detail for any business.

Driving around Southern California there are still a lot of cool old signs around, although they are being torn down on the regular. I lost all my old pictures on my last computer (an expensive and sad lesson learned about the values of external hard drives) so I often bring my camera with me to recapture old faves and stop whenever I come across new-to-me vintage gems.

Over the Summer I took a trip up in the PNW where we passed through many interesting towns. One of them was Merrill, Oregon. I loved the look of a small motel and diner.

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This sign is a bit more contemporary than what I usually stop for, but I loved the wooden “welcome” sign underneath the motel sign.

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Just off the road are the rooms– I don’t know if it is just these 3, but I love their shade covering; it has a little Googie vibe.

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Then just down the road we came upon the Polar Bear. It looked like an awesome classic diner.

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Their neon sign has some deco details and I thought the painted windows were pretty cute!

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Their burger & fries sign with arrow may have seen better days, but it has the patina of classic advertising. Both businesses were pleasant surprises to the vintage traveler out on the road.

Thrifting in Oregon

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Over the Summer I was able to take a trip with my family to Oregon. As I love visiting thrift stores here in California I hoped to find a few stores on the trip. I was lucky to visit a few and scoop up some great finds!

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I love vintage brooches and found both of these in Redmond, OR. They have a Goodwill and also some great antique shops. I loved a shop there called “Beyond the Ranch” which I will cover in another post because I took a ton of pictures while I shopped.

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I also purchased my first pose doll in the Redmond Goodwill. I loved her Mrs. Claus outfit!

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This Disneyland tin also came from GW in Redmond. I’m always happy to find old Disney merch while thrifting; I love this design with characters at park attractions.

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This tourist cream and sugar souvenir set from Canada is kitschtastic and I hope to include it in an upcoming project!

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While in Salem we came across a Value Village (like Savers) but it was about to close. I just walked through the housewares and sewing/craft section and found a couple of bags of vintage patterns! I love the vintage graphics and once I strengthen my sewing skills hopefully I can put these patterns to use.

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I came across some brass figures and candlesticks from two shops– a GW in Tillamook and another in Redmond. I’m not a big candle person but I love the pineapple detailing. There were a ton of brass animals at one of the Goodwill’s but I decided to stick with the deer. Like any shopping trip while traveling, I had to be mindful of space.

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While in Portland my mom and I made a stop at Monticello Antiques and I found this killer lime basket purse. It was a fun shop– I also picked up some vintage postcards, a mixed vintage fabric bag, and the palm tree tie in the picture above.

Thrifting in another state was a lot of fun! While I was traveling with non-thrifters I tried to be mindful of my time and didn’t stay in any store too long. I focused on the housewares section and avoided clothing because I didn’t know what access I’d have to a washing machine.

**TIP: Before traveling, search for antique stores or antique malls (or flea markets or whatever you’re looking for) on Yelp and Instagram. I wrote a few addresses down ahead of time for cities I’d be visiting. If you have some unexpected free time in a town, just search on Google Maps under “thrift” or “antique.” That’s how I found the majority of the shops. Luck also had me passing by a few while on the road.

A few of my fave antique (non-thrift) shops:
– The Mercantile in Springfield, OR
– Monticello Antique Market in Portland, OR
– Antiques and Art on Main in Pendleton, OR
– Farmers Co-op in Redmond, OR
– Beyond the Ranch in Redmond, OR